Setting aside bog-standard discrimination, I have increasingly become of the opinion that the legal recruitment industry maintains and shares an employment blacklist.
This, simply on the basis of the improbability of the total un-employability of myself, as opposed to my peers and contemporaries, the majority of whom being either equally, similarly or in some cases less-qualified than myself, have eventually been able to find gainful employment without much ado.
Although I have previously dismissed such possibilities as paranoia, the Construction Industry case affirms my suspicions as do statements by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) , confirming that organisations both private and public do in fact maintain employment blacklists, which it seems from the Construction Industry case are informed by the police and intelligence services.
The scope of my un-employability seems to go far beyond standard ethnic discrimination in the legal sector. I am well-educated, well-spoken, generally well-integrated as well as qualified and capable, which leads me to believe that something else is amiss.
I feel that such a blacklist (unlike trade unionism/health and safety as in the Construction Industry case) is maintained at best based on credit ratings or at worst on perceived security or terrorism risks; the latter primarily informed by ethnic or ideological profiling.
That said, I can confirm that I have no religious or ideological inclinations, no affinity to any religious group or indeed any group other than a loose membership based affiliation to a mainstream political party. I also have no debts, no credit history or any criminal record to my knowledge.
Conversations with the ICO inform me that the Construction Industry case “merely scratched the surface” of employment blacklisting and blacklists are common and are not legally offensive in principle, if they (theoretically) conform to the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act.
My suspicions are also affirmed by the experiences of a number of my associates, to whom I suggested this probability.
The most immediate step I can take seems to be, to make a Freedom of Information request to organisations I feel are at the end of the chain of those sharing the blacklist, requesting what information is held about me and what purpose it is used for and whether an employment blacklist is actually in place.
Following on from the invariable denial, an assessment can be requested from the Information Commissioner’s Office, which may bring more information to light.
The problem seems to be that this exercise would further mar me, in the eyes of the Legal recruitment industry and render me even more un-employable than I am now.
I was wondering if anyone had any advice or suggestions or would be willing to share their opinions or experiences.